The Thing prequel begins
Part of me wasn't sure that the prequel for The Thing was actually going to go ahead, or was that I was hoping, however news today reveals that the filming is to start in March and that it most definitely is intended for a theatrical release.
That means they are going to have to try to match John Carpenter's The Thing. Actually, I don't know what I'm saying, the New Year must have given me some renewed hope, it doesn't mean that at all.
The Thing prequel, so far called The Thing, is to look at the Norwegian crew who first dug open the flying saucer and recovered the alien body beneath the ice. You'll remember that at the start of The Thing the Norwegians were flying their helicopter after a fleeing dog and that they were trying to kill it. It was in this pursuit that the remaining crew members died along with their helicopter. This began John Carpenter's famous film.
Going back to look at the crew is an interesting choice, although one that will have to have some internal plot threads to provide suspense and excitement, because the entire story is mapped out already. We know how it's going to end.
Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr. is set to direct, and before him he has a short called Red Rain and a few music videos. However it's the fact that Ronald D. Moore, the executive producer and writer on the Battlestar Galactica television series, wrote the script for the film that has me interested. Shame it was then rewritten by Eric Heisserer who wrote the A Nightmare on Elm Street remake.
Really, I'm not sure what this means for the film, or for us, but I'm all braced for a lesser film to the Carpenter classic, and something that won't hold much in the way of surprises and tension.